DIY Rose Topiary

I forgot to put my lipstick and English on! XD But my special cutie guest saved the day. Or night. 🙂

In this tutorial, I am sharing how I create my felt rose topiaries or bouquets, one of Eclations best sellers.

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Geeeze, can’t believe I’m exposing my secrets. Kidding! This is no secret, there are tons of tutorials like this one out there, but more contributions wouldn’t hurt, would they? 🙂

So I hope you like this DIY! Feel free to send me your feedback or leave your comments. Critic if you must. Subscribe if you will. 😉

Thank you so much!

And as a little backstory, it has been a really hectic, busy, and somewhat stressful work week. So I just had to turn to my craft tools and flowers to make me feel better… And re-charge! 😉 Thank God for His gift of arts and crafts. :”>

To God be the glory!

Summer Harmony

I don’t know much about color harmony but I love how these flowers blended together. You may say they are more of an autumn motif but to me, they shout Summer!!! And that’s coz over here, summer has finally started!

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My GERD has made me terribly sick this past week and I have been recommended by my doctor to take a rest after my endoscopy — No outdoor activities or exaggerated movements. No stress or work. Relax. Breathe. Sleep.

But since I cannot really stand doing nothing, I decided to make sime flowers and yes, work from time to time. ^^v

 

Mother’s Day is coming. These flowers would be lovely to give, right?

If I were to sell them, how much do you suppose I could/should sell each?

That’s all for now. Do lemme know your thoughts! 😉

via Daily Prompt: Harmony

2016 Craft Swap

On a whim, I was invited.

On a whim, I said yes.

On a whim, I joined a Craft Swap.

And the experience has been overwhelming.

This happened last August-October 2016. I, together with 21 other crafters, participated in a Craft Swap just in time for Christmas.

We were asked to create two items each: (1) an item made of at least 5 popsicle sticks and 5 buttons, and (2) a Christmas ornament.

And here’s what Eclations made:

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1. Love Christmas Wreath – made of green paper twine twisted into a circle to form the wreath, decorated with red rose and leaves and several buttons and gems.

2.Hang-It Popsie Decor – made of several popsicle sticks tied together to form a mini-blinds; decorated with a sentiment cut usting Silhouette Cameo 2, several buttons and gems.

I was really happy to receive positive feedback on these. But I was happier and more overwhelmed with the creativity of the other crafters who joined.

Here are photos of what the other crafters made:

Unfortunately I am unable to put links here at this time, marami kasi, but you can search the crafters’ names in Facebook and you can reach out to them if you find their works interesting. Some of them have their own fb pages and online business as well. 🙂

Dana especially loved the Christmas ornaments and hang them on our Christmas tree! It is such a joy and blessing to know you are surrounded by wonderful people who share your passion!

I really wish I had more time to create more and better items. I wanted to create something extra to give away but I didn’t make it to shipping cutoff.  I will just do better next time. 😉

Yes, I’ll definitely join again this year!

To God be the glory!

Workshop 2: Felt Flowers

It’s February tomorrow and you know what that means… The scent of chocolates and flowers is in the air.

It’s the love month as the world calls it.

And for me, I also believe that love is a wonderful, sacred feeling. God intended for us to love one another, the way He loves us. As 1 John 4:19 says, “We love because He first loved us.” So tonight I pray that… may we love each other wholly and purely in the love of Christ! May we get to share wonderful, joyful moments with our loved ones in the fashion that God wants us to, not only on the so-called hearts’ day, but tonight, tomorrow and every day that follows! 🙂

Do not wait for Feb 14 or an occasion to buy your wife or mother flowers, chocolates or anything she loves. Do not wait for another day to tell her you love her. Do it now. Do it tomorrow. Do it for every day that follows.

And the same goes for him as well. 😉

 

And while we have been talking about flowers, why not make something yourself. Flowers that will never wilt. Though it can get dirty, so a little dustin’ and washin’ from time will have to do. Haha.

 

Just like what my lovely lady friends made with me last November during our private felt flower workshop session:

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Each of us created our own version of flowers. Then we realized that somehow, all of these flowers would look good together. And so the photo op with the pretty, colorful bouquet begins…

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Then we capped the night with a very tasty dinner at Eduardo’s Peri-Peri! It was my first time trying out their chicken and it tasted really great!

 

That was one fun workshop and I’d love to do it again and again. And again.

 

So if ever you and your friends want to have your own felt flower workshop with me, feel free to message me at www.facebook.com/eclations or eclations@yahoo.com

I’ll be waiting! 😉

 

 

To God be the glory! 🙂

 

Purple Wedding Big Bang

Crazy. The past few weeks have been crazy. NO, the past month has been really crazy! A lot of things happened, and believe me, they happened all too fast. But to me, they’re nothing but wonderful, thrilling, amazing! There were ups, there were downs, but God has been really, really and I mean REALLY faithful and gracious to me.

So yeah, I have a lot of catching up to do and I hope my busy schedule permits me to. But for tonight, let me present you the biggest event of my October 2016, the Purple Wedding I have been talking about in my previous Journaling Series of posts, which I failed to complete by the way. But who cares, right? I’ll just lay them all out here, in ONE BIG BANG!

First, a quick recap… This year, 2 of my old, as in from Grade School, friends tied the knot! Their love was something that went beyond borders. Something that overcame distance. Nothing short of a fairy tale coming true. Love was in the air, it was aromatic! And I have been blessed to be a part of it. And until now, and I guess I will forever be, thankful for their patience, understanding and appreciation of me.

Next, a quick rundown of my artsy craftsy ekek for their wedding:

1. Journaling Cards – I created a series of travel and LDR themed cards for their wedding, supposedly to use among the gallery and displays. Each card is 4×6 and primarily in teal and purple colors.

 

2. Felt Bouquet – a gift for the bride, used for their prenup photo and video shoot. Ayiii. I was so kilig! <3

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3. The Backdrop – well, the stage accents. We used paper plane garlands, big suitcases, paper rosettes and the like. This is my first time doing something like this and the couple has been very understanding of my lapses. I really, seriously do pray that I’d be given another chance to make it up to them. A child dedication perhaps? 🙂

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4. Giveaways!!! – One of my favorites on this project. We created 2 sets – Large Suitcases with a Travel Kit for the Principal Sponsors and Tiny Suitcases for the guests.

For the Principal Sponsors, I especially created the lotion and alcohol, and Airplane and Tags using shrink plastic. My mother covered the suitcase paper mache, and assembled everything together. (Don’t you just love it when you’re mom is in on your thing too?)

 

And of course, for the guests, we prepared M&Ms and TicTacs on small paper suitcases. (Coz you know, Mitch & Mon’s Mint to be!) I cut and designed the suitcases but as you may already have guessed, my mother folded and put everything together. Again. :p

 

5. The Message Board – Still travel inspired, I made fabric covered cork board and tags where guests can leave their messages for the couple. Can you see how much the kids flocked over this board? They were actually the ones who placed the photos there. Quite the geniuses, don’t you think?

 

6. Accent Centerpieces – For this one, we used the default flowers provided by their florist, then added display items (travel souvenirs) of the groom’s mother, tea lights, and of course, our purple luggage as carefully covered by my mother, and table names designed and printed by yours truly.

 

 

7. The Gallery – special thanks to sis Eden Gomez of Craft Revive Piece for the woodworks. We setup a gallery to showcase the couple’s travel photos with a highlight on Boracay, Philippines where the proposal happened. Ayiiii. <3

 

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And of course, let me share with you, the guests! A simple reunion of old classmates and friends.

 

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With our newlyweds and their cool daddy! 🙂

 

And that’s a wrap. What a long post that was. That’s what you get for keeping a backlog. More posts to come. Stay tuned!

 

To God be the glory! 🙂

A Wedding Bouquet

I am so excited! I am helping my friends on their upcoming wedding and there are a lot of things I have been doing lately, and if it were up to me, I would share them with you right away. But I know I can’t and I shouldn’t. Although, the low EQ me can’t help it, so I have decided to share with you some of the things I’ve made, which I think will not violate our couple’s privacy.

So for tonight, I show you… A Wedding Bouquet!

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It’s not the bride’s actual wedding bouquet, but it was used in one of their wedding-related activities which I won’t tell what.. Haha. And now, this bouquet is headed to the wedding reception as one of our decorations. Talk about [the bouquet] multi-tasking! I used to think these felt flowers I make were of no use but I still make them anyway. :p But now, I take pride in knowing they can be functional too! Beautifying a person, and event, making a person or people happy just but looking at them… isn’t that considered functional? Yey!

And that is just the beginning. I have more stuff to show but I’ll park them for another post. So stay tuned. 🙂

So now more than ever, I feel that my tagline is true. I am indeed an IT professional by day (though sometimes it extends through the night). A crafter by night (though sometimes it extends through dawn or early break of dawn). And I am at all times, a mother.

If this isn’t slogging then I don’t know what is. I know a normal person would say just pick one, focus on it, and do not torture yourself. It’s either you work hard at your day job. Or quit it and diligently push through with your passion.

But we can do both, can’t we?

So despite the challenges, and lack of time (or lack of sleep), I have continued to work on several things simply because I love to. Crafting is a special part of me. And I will keep on doing it for as long as I, and there are others who are happy with it! 🙂

 

To God be the glory!

May 2016 Felt Flower Workshop

Felt. Felt. Felt. Don’t tell me you’ve had enough of felt from my posts. Well I haven’t so you have no choice but to stick with it, or me for a while. Haha! 🙂

This is actually a late post of the Felt Flower Workshop I conducted last May 28, 2016. The second of my workshops at the Crafters Marketplace, Edsa Shangri-La. And might I say, I enjoyed this very much!

I had 5 participants, friends, all of which are most likely as creative as I am. I have had the pleasure of sharing my tips and tricks to this crowd, and it was likewise nice to listen to their own stories, own craft ventures, and own aspirations on what to do with whatever they learned from me.

And I would like to hope they learned from me. 🙂

So without much ado, here goes my photos! 🙂

 

 

And such lovely feedback! I wouldn’t mind doing this again. No, I would looooove to do this again! Join me next time?

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To God be the glory! 🙂

 

Of Peonies, Felt and Supporting Pinoy Crafters

Don’t ask me why that is my title tonight. I just felt like it. Haha! Nah, just kidding!

Actually, I was really excited and happy when I received a request/order for paper flowers from a potential client a few weeks back. (Okay okay, it was from a couple of months ago). I just came from my felt flower workshop and I was in a state of asking myself  and wondering, “what’s next?”… so, potential clients are always welcome and very much a great encouragement to keep going! It was a request for 4 different-colored crepe or Japanese paper flowers, which I simply called peonies; and up for the challenge, I accepted the job.

 

A peg was given to me and I worked based on it though the outcome had, of course, my personal touch which deviated the end product a bit from the sample. Here’s a sample of my peonies.

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But for some reason, on the day of delivery, I decided to lookup the origin of the peg and lo and behold, it was from another Pinay crafter whom I had the pleasure of meeting a few years back. I felt rather torn about it so I decided to ask the client if I can “not send” her the end product because I do not want to intentionally, nor unintentionally, copy or make something from another Pinoy crafter that is readily available here in the country. Thankfully, she understood and accepted my apology.

 

I was not really expecting her to take it very well. I was ready for the worst. But I had been blessed with a very nice client that she instead asked me to do another batch of flowers, made of felt this time, and whose peg we were sure didn’t come from here. And of course, I still had my personal touch in them.

 

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I know having a craft business can be very tricky. With everything in the internet, with all the tutorials here and there, it is very hard to come up with something “original”. I for one, have had lots of ideas which I really thought I “invented” but a little search here and there will show that somehow or some way, someone somewhere has thought up a similar idea and made something that is not far from what I had in mind. Or I can sit down one day and make paper flowers out of my imagination and stock knowledge while you sit there in yout office during lunch break making paper flowers out of your own talent while another somewhere is teaching a paper flowers class with 6 or more people creating similar paper flowers; and I wouldn’t be surprised if and when we post them in fb and realize just how similar, if not the same, everybody’s work is. But that doesn’t stop us crafters from crafting, no? Because it is our passion. Our one true love, if I may exaggerate. You may hit bumps every now and then but it won’t stop you. You will and you will go ahead and make what your heart decided to make because until then, your creative itch will not make you sleep or rest or whatever. :p So as much as possible, we resort to just leaving our personal marks and touches that would make our handmade goodies “our own”.

 

Now having been “copied” before, and not wanting to be copied myself, though being an inspiration is great, I’ve long decided that I will not “deliberately” copy something that a fellow Pinoy crafter has made since I know how annoying and frustrating that can be, especially if it is for sale. But I do understand that there are some things that cannot be readily bought here, so that to me can be an exemption. But in some cases where an end product is seemingly like another’s, then I guess those are just “those that can’t be helped”, and as long as I know in my heart of hearts that I did not see that person’s work beforehad, I could stick to my crafter’s pride and say I did not copy anything. ^^v

I am not sure if you or others relate to what I am saying. I am not even sure if I am able to send my message across, blame it on langugage barrier hahaha. But I do hope you do not feel that I am just being petty. Do you?

 

Well, share me your thoughts! 🙂

 

Nevertheless, this project has made me really happy! So happy that I am making lots of these felt flowers again, in different color schemes. I promise I’ll take better pictures and post them here. Please keep tuned in just as patiently as you read this lengthy post.

 

If you reached up until here, I thank you!

 

To God be the glory!

Happy Mothers Day!

Yeah I know. My greeting is a week late but it’s better late than never. Afterall, we do not begin or end being a mother on the second Sunday of May. So why not celebrate every Sunday or better yet, everyday?!

But enough with the excuses. I really wish all moms and moms-at-heart a happy mothers day! I hope  you had a blast celebrating the day with your family! Coz I sure did!

And one of the highlights of my day was my flower exchange with a craft mom friend. She gave me this really lovely and pretty spiral flower topiary. I really really really like it! And even now, I smile whenever I look at it. As in!

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And in return, I gave her a felt flower bouquet. I would like to think it is equally pretty, but even if it is not, I am blessed that my mommy friend still loved it!

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And here are felt rose topiaries I sold for other moms. Except for the one in the middle which I previously made for my cousin who’s getting married soon. Have I mentioned that this cousin of mine is the most gorgeous person I have met? Again, as in!

 

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Well then, that’s all for now. I will be off to mommy duties again.

 

To God be the glory! 🙂

Sy – Eumague Wedding

 

 

Don’t we just love weddings? And agree with me here, we love it more because of the many DIYs we can make!

Well last October 10, 2015, I was blessed enough to make a lot of things for my cousin-in-laws wedding — even more DIYs than my own wedding! It was challenging, there were a lot of lessons learned, I have had my regrets (and I promise to make it up next time, perhaps on their renewal of vows, or in their first child’s Christening or birthday…) but nevertheless it was as fun and fulfilling as I expected it to be! So once again, a shout of thanks to Tita Jam and Tito Enzo for entrusting these things to me! It was such a pleasure as much as it was an honor to me! God bless you both!

And so without further ado, let me give you a rundown of our handmade things for this beautiful wedding:

  1. Monogram – almost every wedding has one. But we decided to keep it simple and use simple fonts rather than handmade calligraphy.

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2. Invitation Suite – I did several mock ups for the invitations but we decided on this format. 3-fold invitation with back-to-back prints. Everything is written within the invitation folds except for the mini-page where the Gift Registry tag was attached. I also did the Missalette  cover although there was a minor miscommunication on the paper we will be using but hey, it turned out just fine! 🙂

3. Giveaways – we had 2 types. I made the wine bottle label for the giveaways for principal sponsors. Then I made the stickers and tag for the Kisses which were given to guests in general.

3. Flower Girl Gown – I love this! As in! I’ve always wanted those princess tutu types you find all over the net but I was afraid purchasing them internationally would cost us greatly so we decided to make our own. And I had several trials as well, before we arrived with the design we liked.

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4. The Flowers – the flowers! This is one area where I had the most regret. 🙁 It was because I lacked time and resources that I failed to make the flowers according to our agreement. I had to improvise and these are what I came up with. It was such a good thing that the bride was very understanding and loved the flowers just the same. But really, I promise to make it up next time!

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5. The Candy Bar – also one of my favorites though it was a simple setup of candies and sweets in shades of pink and choco.  A special shoutout to my hubby for helping make this a reality for me!

6. The AVPs – and of course, the AVPs. I made their flashback AVP and Pre-nup AVP which was played during the reception. Too bad I can’t upload the videos here (yeah, I’m still on a Free plan).

It was really fun! I wish I could do this again! But better! I thank God for the talent and grace He has given me And I thank God for the especially kind and wonderful couple who partnered with me on this. Really, so so so much thanks guys!

So what do you think? Do let me know your feedback.